Whether I’m writing a long feature or putting together show notes for a podcast with Eva Holland, Glenn Stout, Maggie Messitt, or John Scheinman, I tend to listen to a single song on repeat. Why? It puts me into a sort of meditative state. After a while I sorta feel like I’m floating.
That’s how I like to feel when I’m in the groove. I need a song that disappears after a while, but when I want to focus on it it conjures feelings. So, here’s the song: “On Thin Ice,” composed by Hans Zimmer off The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack. It’s ethereal, it’s brooding, it’s moody, it implies heavy stakes, it’s conflicted, it’s beautiful.
Quick post here about this great quote that hits home. Comedian and podcast host Marc Maron said this in a Washington Post story:
You people can do anything if you concentrate and you focus your creative abilities, there is no limit to what you can achieve in this life. The only thing that can stop you is you. You know that voice inside of you that says, ‘I can’t do it.’ Don’t let that little f–k win.
“Nothing about doing this makes any logical sense. It doesn’t. It didn’t then. It doesn’t now.”—Glenn Stout
“You can only control one thing: And that’s your effort. There’s one thing you can control. You can’t control anything else…anything else.”—Glenn Stout
Glenn Stout is sort of a demi-god among writers because of his ability to coach the best of them. He’s also a GREAT writer and we delve into how he got his start, reading poetry in a baseball uniform outside Fenway Park while taking swigs from a bottle of bloody Marys.